WUXIA3I TON HTT^IBOLBT. 40J> intercourse with the court. His Intimacy with, the crown prince had never been interrupted, from that period the king an annual visit to his for- mer minister in TegeL Humboldt's worth had "been much acknowledged and remembered during the first months of the year 1823, and the public expected that lie would be now selectee! as tlie leader of the state. The state chan- cellor, prince Hardenberg", had died at Genoa in De- cember, 1S22. Herr YOU Voss? who was appointed Ms successor., at that time enjoyed the perfect confi- dence of the king, and had catered into the active service of the state a few months previously. But "Yoss died on the 30th January ? 1S23, and the king was in great embarrassment whom lie should select for the important post of prime minister. One man whom the king had. in view, the field-marshal count Kleist von ^STollendorfj died three weeks later than. Toss. Tiie embarrassment increased. A conversation has been communicated to us "which the king at that time had with his most confidential counsellors., but as it is a verbal communication, we do not give implicit confidence to it. It is, however, in part, con- firmed by documentary evidence. The king gave an audience to the Prince "Wittgen- stein, General von Witzieben, the councillor Albrecht. He spoke of the of the minister "Von Toss, and continued : " I have for some weeks considered how the post <*f Herr von Toss, whose death is greatly to be regretted, Tbe iilled. Of all the persons whose position fits them for the post, the lainister von Humboldi is the most capable^ but he enjoys so little confidence abroad, that lie ia no way be thought of, I have gone through the list of all my ministers, and have come to the conclusion that Count Lottum Is the most appropriate. 2fow, tell me your opinion/* A.lbreckt.—•" If your majesty cannot take the mini- ster von Humboldt, i also believe that Count Lottum is the most appropriate."